This excerpt taken from the ALL DEF 14A filed Apr 2, 2008.
AVERAGE ADJUSTED RETURN ON EQUITY RELATIVE
Restricted stock unit (RSU) awards, restricted stock awards, and stock option awards granted to the named executives are reported in the following columns to these tables:
The Compensation and Succession Committee granted both RSUs and options in 2007. The RSUs granted in 2007 vest in one installment on February 20, 2011 except in certain change-in-control situations or under other special circumstances approved by the Compensation and Succession Committee. Normally, the named executive must be employed in order for the RSUs to vest. However, RSUs continue to vest following retirement on or after the normal retirement date specified in the award. If the named executive dies, then as of the date of death, all unvested RSUs granted in 2007 will vest and become nonforfeitable. The RSUs include the right to receive dividend equivalents in the same amount and at the same time as dividends paid to all Allstate common stockholders.
The stock options granted in 2007 become exercisable in four annual installments of 25% on the first four anniversaries of the grant date and expire in ten years, except in certain change-in-control situations or under other special circumstances approved by the Compensation and Succession Committee. Normally, the named executive must be employed at the time of vesting in order for the options to vest. If the named executive terminates on or after his normal retirement date under the stock option award agreements, stock options not vested will continue to vest as scheduled. When the options become vested, they may be exercised by the named executive at any time on or before the earlier to occur of (i) the expiration date of the option and (ii) the fifth anniversary of the date of the named executive's termination of employment. If the named executive dies or becomes disabled, unvested stock options will vest and may be exercised by the named executive officer (or his personal representative, estate or transferee, as the case may be) at any time on or before the earlier to occur of (i) the expiration date of the option and (ii) the second anniversary of the date of the named executive's termination of employment. The options were granted with an exercise price equal the closing sale price on the date of grant or, if there was no sale on the date of grant, then on the last previous day on which there was a sale. Each option is a nonqualified stock option. Each option includes tax withholding rights that permit the holder to elect to have shares withheld to satisfy minimum federal, state and local tax withholding requirements. Option holders may exchange shares previously owned to satisfy all or part of the exercise price. The vested portions of all the options may be transferred during the holder's lifetime to, or for the benefit of, family members. Any taxes payable upon a transferee's subsequent exercise of the option remain the obligation of the original option holder.
The following table summarizes the outstanding equity awards of the named executives as of December 31, 2007.